A Silly Yet Serious Mess (In a Good Way):
It’s impressive how this show balances seriousness with silliness. We’re still at the early stages of what I predict will become a senseless riot, yet I’m finding it difficult to translate my thoughts into actual words. Every episode has been a roller coaster ride of emotions and absurdity, and I’ve had a lot of fun, but whenever the episodes finish I end up going: “Huh?” and am not quite sure what to think of it. I’d be interested to see if anyone else is having a similar experience.
But, from what I can discern, Mayoiga is still in its early stages of set-up and it has no intention of presenting logical or even sympathetic characters. Some have claimed that makes the show unwatchable for them, but as I said last week, this group of strangers being so ridiculous makes their eventual demise even more entertaining. Surprisingly, there was no other deaths this week. I expected Yottsun’s drowning to mark the beginning of a stream of disasters, but we’re not quite there yet. Instead, the last five minutes were packed with downright strange revelations that I’m not sure I should be taking serious. I get the impression that there’s a trail of breadcrumbs leading to the madness ahead, but Mayoiga is doing a good job at blinding us with excessive ridiculousness in order to throw us of. Perhaps in hindsight the giveaways will be more obvious. For the time being, we’ve got bears (or some other strange creature), someone in the group possibly committing murders, the bus driver is searching for his dead daughter who is wandering through the woods, Jack has left his cell, and there’s apparently a giant Mitsumune in the tunnel? Whaaaaaaaaaa?
Ok, time to get my tinfoil hat on and discuss some theories. I’ve been reading over what others have been discussing, and this episode helped me decide whether there was weight to those speculations. First off is the theory that Speedstar doesn’t exist, and is instead part of Mitsumine’s imagination. For the first half of the episode – when they were arguing as the group was splitting up – I was thinking how plausible that seemed, but then Speedstar went and had conversations with several side characters. The two were far enough apart that there wouldn’t be any mistaking them so I suspect that puts an end to that theory, though it was good while it lasted.
Another notion I had throughout this episode (and last) is how Masaki seems to know a lot more than she’s letting on. While Jack and Lovepon don’t appear to hold back when injuring or potentially killing someone, there’s something unhinged about Masaki that makes me uncertain of her claims last week. Did she kill Yottsun? Is she wrapped up in something much bigger, which would explain why she’s so timid when it comes to uncovering the truth? There’s just something about her that doesn’t sit right with me, and Mitsumune’s growing attachment to her seems to hint towards a game-changing twist that will send him in a downwards spiral. Or, at least, that’s my guess.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Mayoiga’s pace remains steady as we continue learning more about this lost village and the strangeness of its new inhabitants. I wish I could discuss every plot point in fine detail, but I’m not sure what we’re meant to take seriously at this stage. There’s so many possible paths ahead, and I have no idea which one we’re going to take. But that uncertainty is what is going to make this entertaining to watch. I’m interested to hear all your speculations in the comments below.